Film Independent

Projects from the UK, Bangladesh, Greece and Trinidad & Tobago were among 15 selected for Film Independent’s 19th Fast Track Film Finance Market that took place online from November 15-18, the organisation said on Friday.

The four-day programme connected participating filmmakers with financiers, production companies, agents, managers and other film industry professionals from, among others, A24, DECAL, Maven Screen Media, Searchlight Pictures, Venice Film Festival, and Hollywood agencies.

Recent Fast Track projects completed include Bing Liu’s 2019 Oscar-nominated documentary Minding The Gap; Hikari’s 2019 Berlinale jury prize and audience award-winning debut 37 Seconds; Kirill Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty which premiered at 2019 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; and Chloé Zhao’s Spirit Award-nominated debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

The $20,000 Sloan Fast Track Grant to support the production of a project that explores science and technology themes or characters in engaging and innovative ways was awarded to Moving Bangladesh written and directed by Nuhash Humayun and produced by Arifur Rahman and Bijon Imtiaz. The story centres on a motorcycle-based ridesharing app that has changed the face of travel in the developing world.

The following filmmakers and their projects were selected to participate in Film Independent’s 2021 Fast Track programme:

Fiction Track

Alien Kulture (UK)
Writer/Director: Iesh Thapar
Producer: Sarah Seulki Oh

Angel In Retrograde
Writer/Director: Miguel Angel Caballero
Producer: Ornella Jaramillo

The Cow Of Queens
Writer/Director: Kate Marks
Producers: Krista Parris, Neda Armian

Mama D’Lo (Trinidad & Tobago)
Writer/Director: Lauren Marsden
Producer: Robert Maylor

The Mesopotamian
Writer/Director: Esra Saydam
Producer: Gerry Kim, Alvaro R. Valente

Moving Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
Writer/Director: Nuhash Humayun
Producers: Arifur Rahman, Bijon Imtiaz

Our Last Summer
Writer/Co-Director: Gary Jaffe
Co-Director: Katie Ennis
Producer: Emily McCann Lesser

The Plutonians (Czech Republic)
Writer/Director: Tim Delaney
Producer: Shao Min Chew Chia

Wild Animal
Writer/Director: Joseph Marconi
Producer: Lysette Urus

Zagorohorror (Greece)
Writer/Director: Cat Papadimitriou
Producer: Meaghan “Wilbs” Wilbur

Documentary Track

Dusty & Stones
Director: Jesse Rudoy
Producer: Melissa Adeyemo

Director/Prducer: Rachael Morrison
Producer: Sarah Winshall

Nurse Unseen
Director: Michele Josue
Producers: Carlo Velayo, Jhett Tolentino

Philly On Fire
Director: Ross Rockow
Producers: Shannon Kring, Tommy Walker

Untitled Sam And Omar Project
Director: Nadav Kurtz
Producer: Diane Quon.